“Yeah we read you, Ken… are the flowers blooming in Houston?”
“Uh, that’s a negative, Jim. I don’t have the measles.”
(Astronaut Jim Lovell from aboard doomed spacecraft Apollo 13 to astronaut Ken Mattingly in mission control, Houston, TX)
Exposing the secrets of the Boston Marathon bombing must have far-reaching consequences and those desperate to protect those secrets and avoid those consequences must be pretty powerful for Judy Clarke to have declared her own client guilty when he himself had already pleaded 30 times to the contrary in open court. All these months after the fact, I still can’t get my head around it.
This is the kind of passionate defense I’d hoped for at Dzhokhar’s trial:
This is more like the lunacy that actually occurred:
Much as I love the passion and delivery of the attorney in the first clip, I’d honestly love to see a type of the attorney played by the actor in the second clip show up to defend Judge O’Toole against charges of whatever you call the abuse of judicial discretion we witnessed time and time again throughout the Tsarnaev trial. I’d stand in line in a blizzard for a seat in that courtroom.
I read a court document that was filed very recently by the appeal team. The tone of the document sounds like a defense team that intends to defend their client. If so, it will be a first in this case. I have to wonder if/when the threats begin against them to not resist the outcome of the first trial (much like the first defense team received threats to not resist conviction), how they will respond.
Will they decide careers and reputations be damned, we are moving forward? Will they decide a life of security that comes at the cost of character, honor and integrity is no life at all? Will they decide proving Dzhokhar’s innocence and saving his life is worth it?
I certainly hope so.